Froithead

one of palmerston north’s huge catelogue of dark industrial bands from the mid 90s, featuring claire pannell, rob williams, royce rees and blair wotten.
discography
picks in bold

  • pseudopodia [1992 split w/ rake / sausage roll / ethiopian land farmers yellow bike]
  • grinding stone [1994 yellow bike BIKE013]

From Scratch

successful improvised percussionary troupe based around phil dadson (who had played with scratch orchestra in the uk in the late 1960s), formed in auckland in 1974. over the last 3 decades the troop has had various different line-ups – even swelling to 13 members at one point. over time the line-up has featured wayne laird, geoff chapple, don mcglashan (who arrived after the disintergration of blam blam blam), james mccarthy, neville hall, walter muller, darryn harkness, .
continuing to play in a live capacity and releasing all varities of media (including written maerial!) featuring their percussive endeavours, from scratch is currently comprised of dadson, shane currey and adrian croucher, with recent activities involving a variety of local and international contributors.
discography
picks in bold

  • drum/sing & pacific 3,2,1 zero (part one) [1984 flying nun FN041]
  • gung ho 1,2,3d [1985 flying nun FN085]
  • songs for heroes [1991 rattle RAT-D002]
  • fax to paris [1993 rattle RAT-D003]
  • pacific 3,2,1,zero (part 1) and eye-drum [1994 pacific international]
  • global hockets [1999 scratch records]
  • global hockets vhs [2000 scratch records]

The Front Lawn

somewhere between a band and a performance troup..well closer to the later, really – they released their albums as ‘songs from the front lawn..’ to indicate they were more soundtracks than albums, though both featured the odd sparkling quirky pop jem. featuring the six volts as a supporting band, the front lawn’s albums are as musically dynamic, varied and accomplished as mcglashan‘s song-writing is quirky.
this was when don mcglashan really hit his stride, and was at his most unusual (especially with the fabulous single ‘the beautiful things’), though he had a lot of help from harry sinclair (who’s also quite the accomplished kiwi film-maker) and actress / singer jennifer ward-lealand (who went on to make her name in an australian comdey skit series). their video for ‘theme from ‘the lounge bar” is a true classic, a 10 minute long short-film backing a brilliantly witty pop dity.
discography
picks in bold

  • songs from the front lawn [1989 virgin FLCD200] rn
  • more songs from the front lawn [1993 live recording virgin 4353032]

awards et
rianz awards 1989

  • most promising group of the year the front lawnrn
  • international achievement the front lawnrn

rianz awards 1990

  • film soundtrack songs from the front lawnrn

Fuce

christchurch angst rockers. scott mason, greg hillier, david bergman, jol mulholland (aka gasoline cowboy).
discography
picks in bold

  • peacekeeper ep [2001]